Through both its Operations and Infrastructure Departments, BJRR conducts daily inspections of the Tijuana-Tecate Short Line for maintenance, trash removal and any “soft spots” found on the railway.
Track Engineer Leopoldo Arellano says that proper preventive maintenance secures operations on the line and insures no accidents.
All inspections are done by highly trained BJRR personnel who travel the line by Hi-Rail directly on the line.
In some instances, especially when evaluating railroad ties, inspections are done by foot walking along the center of the line.
Also, spaces outside the track are evaluated for cutting of weeds and trash recollection, minimizing perils that could endanger freight service.
Arellano has more than forty years experience working on track engineering, and on the Tijuana-Tecate Short Line, since the concession was Sonora-Baja California, then Ferrocarriles Nacionales and now ADMICARGA.
With his experiences, he classifies all faults found on the line as low, medium o high Risk. All high risk faults are cured imminently, and medium and low grade are programmed to be taken care of.
One of the most recurring job on the line is weed removal. “This prevents possible fires near or on the line, especially in the summer months”.
Leopoldo Arellano stared also that the community plays a very important role in the maintenance of the railway by keeping the railway free of trash and any other objects that can affect the security of the line.